Tillamook County Master Gardener Association

2018 Master Gardener Classes Coming in January!

Becoming a Master Gardener in Tillamook County -

Now is the time to register!

Want to grow your green thumb? Want to become a better gardener, applying up-to-date scientific methods, reducing pesticides and weeds?

Learn from the experts and become a Master Gardener this winter.  Weekly classes taught by Oregon State University (OSU) faculty and local experts start January 11.  Every Thursday, you will hear from a variety of experts on all aspects of gardening on the Oregon coast.


The 12-week course, offered by the Tillamook office of Oregon State University Extension Service, will cover soils, propagation, pruning, landscape and garden planning and design, suitable plants for coastal gardening and landscaping, pest and disease control, weed management, orchards, raised beds, and other topics of interest to local gardeners.

Students will experience a variety of hands on and interactive training, including greenhouse techniques at our learning garden, assisted by local Master Gardeners and OSU staff.

The program also requires 60 hours of community service work in the first year of training, including advising the public during Master Gardener office hours.

“By taking the Master Gardener classes, and in helping others, our Master Gardener apprentices develop their own expertise and abilities to better serve the community.  This is a great way to help yourself and others enjoy their gardens using current scientific knowledge,” Joy Jones, local OSU Extension Agent, says. 

“The classes are very informative and professional,” one of last year’s students says. “The time flies, I had a lot of fun, and I am a much more informed and capable gardener now.  My gardening skills really improved.  This is the best bargain a gardener could find.”

Tuition is $120 and includes the comprehensive Sustainable Gardening book, as well as access to a wide range of printed and on-line resources, and experienced professional instructors. For those who do not have the time or desire to volunteer, they too may take the training and receive a certificate of horticulture. The fee for this option is $240.

Enroll now!  Call the Extension Service office at 503-842-3433 or visit them at 4506 Third Street, Tillamook, for more information.  In addition, registration information can be found at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/tillamook/what-master-gardener-program. 

Oregon State University Extension Service offers educational programs, activities, and materials without discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have a disability that requires special considerations in order for you to attend this event contact the OSU Extension Service in Tillamook at 503.842.3433.

What is the Master Gardener Program?

OSU Master Gardeners is an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated corps of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers, educated through OSU Extension Service to offer the local community  

Reliable, Relevant and Reachable gardening information and education opportunities.
•    Reliable: our gardening advice and education is science-based.   
•    Relevant: customized information for your gardening situation.
•    Reachable: Call us on the phone or visit with us at markets or gardens in your community.

What We Do and Where We Work:  In 30 counties across Oregon, Master Gardener volunteers answer gardening questions at OSU Extension offices, at community Farmers' markets, and at Master Gardener events.  Volunteers create and manage demonstration gardens, school gardens and community gardens.  They host garden tours, workshops and classes in their communities.

Training:  The training involves an 11 week course of instruction, one day a week, starting in January. Classes on a variety of horticulture subjects are taught by OSU staff and other professionals, and involve readings from the Sustainable Gardening text, lectures and hands on education. Upon completion of the training, participants complete 60 hours of service work within their communities, including 30 hours advising the public at our plant clinics. The cost is $120 and includes the text. Students can opt out of the service work by paying an additional fee. Members can recertify annually at no cost. For more details, click here.

TCMGA: Tillamook County Master Gardener Association (TCMGA) is a non-profit, educational organization that helps to promote the OSU Extension Service Master Gardener Program and provides opportunities for additional educational training throughout the year.

TCMGA membership is open to anyone completing the Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener classes and residing in or about Tillamook County. The membership year begins January 1st and runs through December 31st. Dues are $15/year.

We are life-long learners. We believe our gardening work together should be a lot of fun.


TCMGA Activities & Resources 

What Master Gardeners are Doing This Month

Learning Garden

TCMGA Special Events

TCMGA Market Place

TCMGA Officers & Committees


TCMGA Members' Page (password required)

OSU's 10 minute University

OMGA - Oregon Master Gardener Association



Updated 11.3.2017


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Master Gardener

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